AMDC Platform Documentation

Welcome to the AMDC Platform documentation. This is an ever-growing collection of knowledge about the AMDC. Browse the documentation using the links in the sidebar on the left.

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Flagship AMDC circuit board forms the core of the AMDC Platform.

What is the AMDC Platform?

AMDC stands for Advanced Motor Drive Controller.

The AMDC Platform is a collection of modular open-source hardware and software used for electric drive control. At the core is the flagship AMDC circuit board which acts as the “brains” of the control platform. On top of the AMDC hardware, extensive firmware is provided to bring the hardware to life. Finally, the core AMDC is augmented with introductory tutorials, examples, and auxiliary circuit boards to create a rich learning environment for both researchers and students.

AMDC Vision

The AMDC empowers motor control students, researchers, and designers by providing an open-source sandbox for exploring and creating electric motor control platforms.

Key Features

  • Open-Source: All hardware design files and firmware are freely available.

  • Easy-to-Use: Specializes in extreme performance drives but is sufficiently simple to be used as a learning tool for implementing standard motor drives.

  • High-Performance: Supports high-performance Xilinx real-time processors and programmble logic.

  • Flexible: Capability (computation power, I/O, proper abstraction layers) to actuate new types of motors, but also standard types of motors.

  • Documentation: Extensive documentation for understanding all layers of the AMDC.

  • Research-Oriented: Designed to be used in the research environment.

Research

The AMDC Platform is designed explicitly for the research environment use-case where flexibility and customizability are critical. Some example research applications are given below:

  • Levitated motor systems

    • Bearingless motors

    • Magnetic bearings

  • Multi-phase motors (m > 3)

  • Advanced control algorithms

    • Field oriented control

    • Sensorless control

    • Harmonic current regulation

  • Wide-bandgap power electronics

    • PWM switching up to MHz range

  • Data logging

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the AMDC platform?

The AMDC platform accelerates development of motor drives, allowing you to reach a working solution faster, while still maintaining complete control of the entire hardware / firmware stack.

Is the AMDC free?

Yes. The full AMDC platform (both hardware and firmware) is open-source.

Can I use it for commercial projects?

Yes. Please follow the license provided in the hardware and firmware design source.

Do you offer technical support?

No. Since the AMDC platform is not a paid project, we do not have the resources to provide 1:1 support. Please read the extensive documentation on this site.

Who created the AMDC Platform?

Nathan Petersen was the original architect and designer of the AMDC under the direction of Prof. Eric Severson; he designed the hardware and firmware and built this documentation website you are reading.

Who maintains the AMDC Platform?

The AMDC Platform is actively maintained by students in the Severson Research Group at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the USA.

License

The AMDC project is split into two distinct open-source repositories, hosted on GitHub: